What Does 1st Grader Collect and Put in His Pocket?

Children collect all sorts of things as they travel through their days. Lots of it ends up in their pockets. Playing on the theme of the sweet photo series by San Francisco photographer Melissa Kaseman, first graders recently made artful designs after their rainbow scavenger hunt across campus.

Spring Musical – Aesop’s Musical Foibles

The annual spring drama production showed May 3-5, 2019 to sold out crowds in the school’s Black Box Theater.

The musical began as young Aesop explains to the audience about his problem of constantly hearing annoying voices in his head, which come to life as hysterical characters onstage that only Aesop (and the audience) can see and hear. With the resentful Fox, the egomaniac Hare, the sluggish Tortoise, the zen-like Grasshopper and many more, Aesop’s Musical Foibles retold the fables like you’ve never quite heard them before!

It was a rousing comedy filled with talented actors perfectly cast for their parts. These students spent months learning lines, songs and dances and their hard work paid off in the incredible final production!

Students Study Science & Social Studies in One Project

Third grade students at The Learning Center Charter School completed a cross curricular study of the Oregon Trail and the California Gold Rush in March. Their studies included standards in both social studies and science.

Students learned about the Oregon Trail and the California Gold Rush as part of their social studies curriculum. They learned about specific land forms and water bodies as part of their science curriculum. Their teachers teamed together to create a hands-on project that blended the two together beautifully.

Gina Stafford teaches social studies to the class while Emily Willey teaches science. Working as a team, the two teachers asked the students to create 3D models that included land forms and bodies of water they studied in science with the real life route that people took on the Oregon Trail during the time of westward expansion.

Students used salt dough and cardboard to create their landforms following the guidelines for both science and social studies.

“It’s one thing to study a subject and a whole other thing to relate it to particular events in history,” said Stafford. “Students were surprised to learn about the physical obstacles people faced while traveling west in the search for gold.”

 

1st Grade STEM — Coral Reef Dioramas

First grade students made coral reef dioramas as the culmination of their coral reef unit in Science where they learned about the unique ecosystem known as the “rainforest of the sea”.  Students had corals, amenome, urchins, fish, sharks, seashells and other items to create their own mini-worlds.

2nd Graders Become Engineers of Own Parade Floats

Before Thanksgiving break, second graders at The Learning Center Charter School completed a Project Based Learning (PBL) project focused around the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

The second graders first learned all about the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Once they had a solid understanding of the historical perspective, students researched past float designs. They were then challenged to design and construct their own balloon floats.

Stephanie Hopper, second grade teacher, said, “These students diligently worked on academic standards that included math, science, social studies and language arts during our Thanksgiving parade PBL project.”  Hopper added that the genius behind PBL is that the students just thought they were having fun.

“The PBL approach ensures that students learn material with both breadth and depth because students are so engaged in what they are doing,” said Hopper.  She added that the PBL approach provides a means for integration across multiple subject areas and allows students to better understand a topic through the physical act of doing.

Upon completion of the project, students shared their work with the entire school by conducting their very own parade across the campus.

Students Make Cards for Nursing Home Residents

Third grade students at The Learning Center Charter School made greeting cards for residents at the nursing home at Erlanger Murphy Medical Center in Peachtree.  The cards were hand delivered and thoroughly enjoyed by the recipients.

Gina Stafford, third grade teacher at the school, said, “The students were very creative and thoughtful while making the cards. They were so happy to be doing something for others.”  She added that she enjoyed hearing their thoughts and watching them put so much effort into this project.